Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Amazing Paper Grace - Breanna's Corset Christmas

Well hello again friends and visitors.

On Sunday we had an early visit from Santa on his slay (no reindeer unfortunately, just pulled along by a large 4x4) and his charity helpers. I love it when that happens. I just wish I had a little one (or two!) running around to join in the excitement. It was just me and the dog that got excited about it this year, but it was lovely seeing all the neighbourhood kids running about and squealing with excitement. Roll on Grandmotherhood! 

I hope you are all much more prepared for the festivities than I am.
I have lists made etc, but so far I haven't actually done/bought anything! But that's ok as I've still got 12ish days left to do it all.....right? lol.
At the very least everyone will have a handmade Christmas card in their stocking!

Which brings me nicely onto todays card for Amazing Paper Grace.

The supplies used here are

* Spellbinders Standard Circles Large
* Creative Expressions foundation card - Rich Red
* Docrafts Papermania Capsule collection - Oyster Blush
* First Edition Jingle All the Way paper pack
* Ribbon and pearls from my stash
* Gold metallic marker

I used the Annabelle's Trousseau to make a square frame in red and layered on top of a frame from the Oyster Blush cardstock. I used the middle section of the same die, in the Oyster Blush, to create a little ribbon loop.

I then made a frame using the 2 largest dies from the Breanna's Corset set and laid over the spotted paper. 

The little December 25 in the middle was simply cut from a sheet in the paper pack (which I really love!) and layered over another of the small die cuts from Breanna's Corset.

Once again I edged the layers with a gold metallic marker.

I hope you like todays card. For more inspiration you really should pop over to Becca's blog which you can find Here.

Well, I had better get a wriggle on. I have to squeeze in a couple of family cards between my blog posts etc, as well as my Christmas shopping and organising my darling Daughters move!

Thank you so much for your visit today. I hope you can find the time to visit again at the weekend.

Enjoy your week and take care

Jo xx 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Merry Christmas - Red and White

Hello again visitors and friends.

How are you all this weekend? All prepared for the Big Day? I am really not prepared at all lol. I think I leave it later and later each year. It will come to the point where I'm shopping on Christmas Eve!
So long as I have everything planned, it will all be fine (hopefully).

It is, most certainly, feeling much more wintery here on the blustery (by blustery, I mean gale force!) East Coast. We always get that biting wind. The one that gives you 'brain freeze', without the pleasure of eating an ice-cream first! I've had brain, face and leg freeze this week on my dog walks. I'm thinking I need a full body and face thermal romper suit type thing lol.

Well, I'm sat here with my fairy lights twinkling and feeling rather Christmassy, so here is my next Christmas card for you.

The supplies used here are

* Red and white cardstock
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Noble dies - Double Pierced Squares
* Spellbinders Card Creator - Reflective Moments 5x7
* Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas
* Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip
* Woodware Holly punch
* Stampendous embossing powder - Crystal
* Distress inks
* Berries and ribbon from my stash

I Altered the Reflective Moments slightly, as I wanted a squarer looking frame rather than a rectangle, and backed it with red card. On the little Wreath strip branches I used the Stampendous embossing powder to give them a little sparkle and I used a little distress ink around the edges of the holly leaves. 

Well that's my card for today. I do hope you like it
I had better go do some list making/planning for a shopping expedition in the very near future!

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope to see you next week for my next Amazing Paper Grace card.

Have a lovely weekend and take care.

Jo xx

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Amazing Paper Grace - Christmas Coralines Chemise

Welcome friends and visitors.

Well, over the weekend I finally managed to get my Christmas tree out of the box! Actually decorating it didn't take all that long as I must have the skinniest, dwarfish looking tree ever. Now, it didn't look too bad in our old house as it was perched quite high up on top of a cabinet. We also had to trim the top of it off so we could fit a topper on it without it scrapping the ceiling.

It looked ever so small (minus it's top!) and sad sat on the floor here in the new house. The Hubster found it terribly amusing. I could have sworn it was bigger than that last year. I've spent the last few weeks purchasing new decorations for it (the old ones seem to have got lost in the move) but I've ended up with enough to fill two trees lol.
Anyhow, a stool and a couple of table clothes later, it will have to do.....for this year.

So, today I am sharing another card created for the Amazing Paper Grace team.
I didn't add a sentiment on this one, as I think it speaks for itself. What do you think?

The supplies used here are
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders, Chantilly Paper Lace - collection Coralines Chemise 
* Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia
* First Edition Jingle All The Way premium paper pad
* Cream and gold foil cardstock
* Pearls from my stash

I have so fallen in love with the Chantilly Paper Lace collection. It has been so well designed that everything works so beautifully together, but it's nothing less than you would expect from the amazing Ms Feeken.

So my friends, that is my offering for you today.

Thank you for popping by and please stop by again soon for my next card for you.

Have a great day and enjoy your week.

Jo xx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Merry Christmas

Hello again my crafty friends.

I do hope your week has gone well.
We're experiencing the start of our winter weather here this week. We even had a snow covered beach, which doesn't happen very often thankfully, lol.  It's definitely been a week of wrapping up in multiple layers before venturing out on my dog walks!

It's almost time to start 'decking the halls'! At the very least I should dust off my tree and plan where it's going to go, but I've been engrossed in card making, so the tree will just have to stay in it's box for now.

Anyway, as you  have probably noticed, my cards favour a more feminine style. I adore adding flowers, pearls and the odd bow or two. I admit it, I struggle with masculine cards and they are my least favourite ones to create. (I have sneaked flowers onto cards for The Hubster in the past and he didn't seem to mind lol.)
So, this week, I set myself the challenge of making, what I would describe as, a 'unisex' card.

So here goes

The Supplies used here are
* Very dark navy cardstock
* Matt silver metallic cardstock
* Presscut Nesting Squares
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Wedding Collection - Decorative Swallowtail Tags
* Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles
* Spellbinders Labels Two
* Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two
* Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty Two
* Justrite Grand Christmas Sentiments
* Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver ink pad
* Stampendous embossing powder - Pearl Lustre
* Silver metallic marker pen
* Ribbon from my stash

Well, how do you think I did? I know, I know, I added ribbon but hey, I just couldn't help myself lol. 

I edged all the labels with the silver marker pen. I would dearly like a foiling machine, but the marker pen will have to suffice for now.
I also added one of my most favourite dies, the Swallowtail Tags. I think I could find a place for this on most of my cards, I have to hold myself back on that though.

So, that's my weekend card for you. I hope you like it, minus flowers and pearls.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to pay a visit today. Please stop by again Tuesday for my next card for Amazing Paper Grace.

I hope you all have an amazing, warm and cosy, weekend.

Take care friends,

Jo xx  


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Amazing Paper Grace - Merry Christmas

Hello again friends and visitors.

Oh how the weeks are flying by. Maybe because I'm back to twice weekly posting? More likely that I have a lot going on, trying to help/organise/facilitate my darling Daughter's impending return to the town. I've also been required to help the Hubster with his technophobia! (In short, he just gets me to do his emailing and anything else laptop related as his temperament seems to have a nasty allergic reaction when he attempts to use it lol.) Oh yes, and I have just been informed he's in need of a hair cut.....today! (Yes, I do that too.) 

Well, that can all take care of itself for now, as today's card is my second Amazing Paper Grace post. (I'm still super thrilled about it all!) Thank you to all you lovelies who took the time to send me messages of congratulations and support, they are truly appreciated.

So, without any further delay, here is todays Amazing Paper Grace card.

The supplies used here are
* Amazing Paper Grace, Chantilly Paper Lace collection - 
  (I used the sentiment tag only from the latter)
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Graceful Corners One
* The stamped sentiment and flourishes are magazine freebies
* Metallic gold cardstock
* Stampendous Crystal embossing powder (used on the lattice inset)
* Pearls from my stash

Slightly more traditional, colour wise, than my previous card. I love white and gold together and thought the light green ink used for the stamps suited it well. I hope you think so too.

You can visit Becca's blog Amazing Paper Grace for more inspiration on how to use her stunning die sets.

Well, I had better get a move on and find my hairdressing scissors, another job to tick off my list.

Thank you for your visit today. Please pop back again at the weekend, if you have time lol. Until then, take care and have a great week. 

Jo xx

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Enjoy the Moments that make the Season Bright

Hello again friends and visitors.

I've been busy reorganising my craft space this week. My Husband says I have too many supplies. I had to correct him, of course, it's lack of space that is the problem as there is no such thing as 'too many supplies'! (He's now worried that I might be eyeing up his rather large 'man' shed lol.)
That job is done now and everything is much more accessible. There's no excuse now for not cracking on with more Christmas loveliness.

So here is my weekend card for you.

The supplies used here are

* Pearlescent linen cardstock white
* Pearlescent cardstock pink
* Christmas wreath stamp - magazine freebie
* Papermania pink and Stampendous crystal embossing powders mixed
* John Next Door Confetti Frame embossing folder
* Presscut Square nesting dies
* Spellbinders Blooming Collection (cut twice, one pink and one white. Layered and offset)
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Pine Bough
* Papermania Tinsel Snowflake embossing powder
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Classic Poinsettia (Leaves only)
* Woodware Holly punch
* 14 Craft Bar Poinsettia dies
* Rosy Dot flower making dies type 2
* Spellbinders Classic Circles Large
* Justrite Merry and Bright stamp set
* Distress inks
* Oil pastels
* Stamens, glitter and pearls from my stash
* Pink Berries - made using air dry clay, florists wire, paint and glitter

A rather large supply list today, but there is a lot going on with this card.

Not your traditional Christmas colours, I'm experimenting a little, but I really rather like it.

I really really wanted pink Berries on this card but had no success finding any so had to resort to making my own. They were very simple to make and I made a few extra, ready to colour for another project. The added advantage to this is you can also choose the size too!

Well, that's my card for today. Thank you for your visit today. Be sure to stop by again midweek for my second Amazing Paper Grace card. (I'm still thrilled to bits!)

Jo xx

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Amazing Paper Grace - Thanks

Welcome friends and visitors.

I'm so thrilled to be able to share some super exciting news with you all.
A little while ago I was asked by the wonderful Becca Feeken to join the creative team for her own brand of dies, Amazing Paper Grace. 

To say I jumped for joy would be an understatement and quite how I have managed to keep this to myself until now is a mystery.
I'm immensely honoured to be part of such a talented group.

So, as you may have already guessed, my card today is an Amazing Paper Grace card.

The supplies used here are
* Spellbinders Mega Ovals
* Foamiran Ivory
* Distress ink Bundled Sage
* Oil pastels
* Viva Decore background stamp
* Versamark watermark ink pad
* Justrite Kindness stamp set
* Color Box pigment brush pad - Dusty Plum
* Cream and sage green cardstock, pearls and stamens from my stash

I have to say these dies are a dream to work with and I can see the Cinch and Go Flowers becoming a firm favourite!

If you'd like more inspiration using the wonderful Chantilly Paper Lace collection why not head over to the Amazing Paper Grace website, you can find it Here.

Thank you so much for you visit today and please stop by again soon.

                            Jo xx


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Happy Birthday

Hello again friends and visitors.

I hope you have all had a good week. I certainly have.
I'm so looking forward to Christmas this year, as it looks like my darling daughter could be moving much much closer to home in time for the festive season.
Having her close will be a real joy, I just can't wait!

Although I have just started on my 2017 Christmas cards, I'm just sneaking in a birthday card today. I haven't been able to show you until the recipient had actually received it.

So here it is

The supplies used here are
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Shadow box collection stitched lattice frames
* Pearlescent linen cardstock
* Lemon Craft Heart Painted paper stack
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Designer series Graceful Borders - Graceful Corners One
* Spellbinders D-Lites - Flourish Trim
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Stitched Flags
* Spellbinders Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles
* Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Ovals
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Shapeabilities Decorative Swallowtail Tags
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Orange Blossom Leaves
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Cinch and go Flowers 
* Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers
* Distress inks
* Pearls and stamens from my stash

I really hope the recipient liked it, as I hope you do too.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you pop by again for my next mid-week card.

Jo xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Winter Joy

Well hello there friends, visitors and newcomers.

I thought I would surprise you all with a quick, mid-week post. 
Hopefully, this will become a regular blogging day but I have some very exciting news to share with you all in the upcoming days, so I may have to shuffle around my regular posting days a little.

So without further ado, here is my first Christmas card of 2017 

The supplies used here are
* Metallic and glitter cardstock from my stash
*Stampin Up Star of Light stamp set
* M&C Boutique Snowflake die set
* Crafters Companion Winter Joy stamp set
* Stampendous embossing powders in Aqua, Periwinkle and Crystal
* Ranger Archival ink in Paradise Teal
* Brad from my stash

This whole card was inspired by the piece of blue/green metallic cardstock found in my scrap box.

I layered the snowflake 3 times and slightly teased the points of the uppermost layer forward slightly.

The embossing powders I mixed together. Firstly the aqua and crystal and embossed 2 of the stampin up images. I then added some periwinkle to the mix and embossed a further 2 images, just to add a little contrast. 

I didn't actually need or want to use the brad as you normally would so I simply snipped off the prongs and attached to the centre of the snowflake.

All in all, a super quick card to create. I just love the simplicity of it, having curbed my desire to add further embellishments!

Once again I've been doing some jigging with my photos. I hope they're looking better in quality for you. 

I do hope you like my first Christmas card of the year.
I have to say I'm now itching to get my Christmas tree out and bedecked with lovely festiveness, but I'll hold off a while longer.

Thank you all so much for your visit today. Pop by again soon for my next card. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Best Friends Forever

Good morning my crafty friends. I do hope you've all had a good week and that your weekend has got off to a great start.

I had a lovely visit from my darling Daughter for a few days. It's always great to have her home so I can spoil her a little. It also makes a nice change from being the only female in the house! We always have such a laugh and a giggle when she's here. 

Well, as I'd spent a few days girly shopping etc, todays card needed to be one that was quick to put together. I did, however, take myself out of my comfort zone somewhat and delved into my stamp stash!

So here is todays card.

Now, I don't do a huge amount of stamping as I'm basically a 'die' and 'flower' addict. Stamping can seriously frustrate me when it doesn't turn out as perfect as can be (or as I can achieve) first time. Therefore I took the plunge and bought a stamping platform.

I opted for a Crafts Too - Press to Impress, as it was slightly cheaper than some of the other platforms and I wasn't really sure how much use I'd get out of it. I am super pleased with it! Now I use it all the time for my stamped sentiments and other little bits of stamping I do.

So, here are the supplies used on todays card
* Indigo Blue 'Floral Swirl' stamp
* Spellbinders labels thirteen
* Spellbinders labels six
* Justrite vintage oval labels stamp set
* Elizabeth crafts bunch of flowers 
* M&C Boutique leaf die
* Joy Crafts decorative chalks Pearl 
* Ranger archival inks in Shadow Grey, Watering Can and Jet Black

I've also had some advice from a wonderful lady on photography. I'm trying to improve the quality for you all so please feel free to leave a comment on how you think I'm doing. 

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thank you for visiting today and please stop by again next week.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Best Wishes

Good afternoon friends and followers. 
I hope everyone has had a great week, I know I have! 
Mine involved family visits and a crafty craft shopping trip. What could be better?

Well, the weather is slowly on the turn now, although it has been pretty mild. I have taken inspiration from my woodland dog walks for todays card. Something a little different for me I think.

So here we go

The supplies used here are 
* Santoro Willow paper pad
* M&C Boutique Driftwood paper pad 
* Spellbinders standard circles large 
* Spellbinders shapeabilities Wreath (small only)
* Memory Box Catalina wreath 
* Cheery Lynn Sweet christine flower strip
* Presscut/crafts-too flower die
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Spring foliage (flowers only)
* M&C Boutique banners stamp set
* Sentiment stamp from my stash 
* Chipboard corners from The Works
* Stampendous Aged silver embossing enamel
* Lashings of distress ink to colour the wreath amd flowers
* Pearls from my stash 

I haven't listed all the colours of distress ink used here as I used pretty much used all my greens and pinks with a bit of brown and red for good measure. 

I'm now wondering if I can recreate the wreath for a home decor piece! That may have to wait until I've made a start on my Christmas cards. I can definitely envisage using the Catalina wreath on a winter/Christmas card.

I hope you liked my, slightly different card today. 

Thank you for visiting and please pop back again soon x